Why Patterns Are Not Free

Last week, in a Facebook knitting group, a knitter posted a photo of a pair of socks that she had recently completed. They were lovely socks and many lovely comments were made about them.  When she was asked to provide a link to the pattern, she did.  The pattern link was followed by several comments criticizing the knitter for paying for a pattern when there are so many patterns available for free, and criticizing designers in general for charging for patterns at all.  This turned into a huge discussion about free vs. paid patterns that I have been observing from a safe distance. 

Weirdly, the same day that all of this kicked off on Facebook, I woke up to an email from a knitter who was admiring my patterns but wanted me to know that she would not be purchasing them because she believes that 'knitting patterns should be free' and I 'really should change my patterns to free'. She had a lot of *shoulds* for me.  I responded by thanking her for her advice and pointing her toward my pattern, Solar Vortex, which is 20% off for the month of February. 

This is the first time since 2012 (my first pattern was released into the world in 2012) that I have been criticized for offering paid patterns. I would not ask a yarn dyer to dye yarn for free or ask a sewer to make project bags for free, so it would never occur to me to ask a designer to make patterns for free.  


My self-published patterns are not free.  They cost roughly the same as a Starbucks coffee (so I am told, I don't actually drink coffee).  They are not free because I incur costs to produce them.  Here are some costs involved in producing a sock pattern:
  • Yarn - I pay anywhere from $15 - $40 (including shipping) for enough yarn to make one sample of a new design. Occasionally I receive yarn support from yarn companies, but not very often for a self-published design
  • Technical Editing - All of my patterns are tech edited.  Two of my patterns have been tech edited twice by two different editors.  Tech editors typically charge $20-$30 per hour and it takes 1-2 hours to tech edit a pair of socks. (depending on the pattern - charted patterns with colourwork and graded for multiple sizes take longer than simple designs with no charts, for example).  
  • Photography - I usually photograph my own socks.  I have paid for foot forms and if a foot form is not the right size, I will pay models to model socks for me).  I also pay for a subscription to Photoshop, and I consider a DSLR camera a must for pattern photography
  • My Time - I do not actually factor my time into each design.  It takes me 15 - 20 hours to knit the sample, about an hour to write the pattern and another hour to make revisions, work on formatting and layout and several hours communicating with test knitters, uploading patterns to websites and providing pattern support to knitters. 
  • Pattern Testing - My patterns are test knit.  Pattern testers are the heroes of the indie design world, they donate their time and resources to knit up a design on a deadline while also providing feedback to improve the clarity of the pattern and point out any small errors that may have been missed.  While testers are not paid, I have gifted free patterns, stitch markers and other small tokens of thanks to these awesome knitters. 
  • Ongoing costs related to knit design include: paying for industry specific charting software, a watermark service (I had a few photos stolen last year, so I am trying to be diligent about watermarking my pattern photos), paypal fees, Ravelry fees, website/domain fees, fees for courses (I take tech editing and other business related courses), business cards, branding (logos), photoshop, books and stitch dictionaries...
Independent knitwear design is not a lucrative gig - there are only a few who are able to quit their day job and pursue knitwear design full time.  Most of us do it because we love it and charge for it to offset the costs of doing what we love.  

Happy Knitting!






Swatch This!

I have been swatching a lot lately.  I will be submitting design ideas to four different magazines over the next month, so I have been swatching like crazy.  Swatching use to be my least favourite part of the knitting process, but then something happened (I am not sure what) and now I love swatching.  I have become a swatching machine!
Some recent swatches
I love the instant gratification from I get from swatching; in one afternoon of swatching I can have 6 swatches completed.  I also love the mindlessness of it.  If I make a small mistake, it's no big deal.  I just acknowledge it and keep going.  I do make sure to not use the part of the swatch with the error for gauge measuring purposes, but since I'm not going to wear it or photograph it for a pattern, mistakes aren't a big issue.  
more recent swatches
I usually swatch in the round (because I make so many socks) but do not want to cast on the number of stitches it would take to actually swatch in the round, so I cheat by using DPNs and pushing he swatch back and forth to simulate knitting in the round without all the extra stitches.  This method results in large floats on the wrong side of the swatch, so I cut them before I block the swatch.  All those loose ends you see in the photos are the floats that have been cut.  I do not need to weave them in or tidy them up because it is just a swatch - another fun thing about swatching - no weaving. 
even more swatches

One of my designs will be published in the April 2016 issue of I Like Knitting magazine.  I am excited about this one. The design is different than anything else I have designed before.  I have made a mini version, so I know it works.  The publisher has picked a beautiful yarn for it and I am itching for it to get here so I can start knitting.  

I am out of my wrist brace.  My wrist is feeling much better.  I have a physio appointment this afternoon to stay on top of it and not let it get that bad again.  

Calling all Test Knitters

I am looking for test knitters for my new sock pattern.  I still need testers for the narrow, wide and extra-wide sizes.  If you are interested, the test thread in Ravelry can be found here.

Inspired by my fur-babies (2 dogs and 1 cat), SouthPaw is a top-down sock featuring a meandering pawprint pattern that is mirrored on the left and right sock. 

The easy to memorize lace design uses yarnovers and decreases. 

The sock features a heel flap and gusset with traditional French heel and a rounded toe that is Kitchener stitched at the end.

The pattern is needle-neutral, so you can knit it with your needle of choice in your preferred style. SouthPaw features both written and charted instructions, and the pattern is easily reversible for knitters who prefer to knit socks toe-up. 

Instructions are included for narrow(7 inch/19 centimetre), medium (8 inch/ 20 centimetre), wide (9 inch/ 23 centimetre) and extra wide(10 inch/ 25 centimetre) widths. Foot length is customizable.


I Am In A Magazine!

Ok, so I personally am not in a magazine but my design, Constant Companion, is in the October 2015 issue of I Like Knittng Magazine

Constant Companion Shawl



From the Magazine: This oversized yet cozy and elegant shawl is inspired by nature and the world around us. The beautiful green hues of the scarf are reminiscent of the last of the green grass on a crisp fall day while yarnovers and decreases create little lacy paw prints throughout.

This shawl is inspired by all the animals in my life, my love of fall and features squishy Madeline Tosh yarn.  

It is knit sideways with a garter stitch body and lace edging that is knit at the same time.  

This shawl uses two 100gram/ 3.5 ounce skeins of fingering weight yarn, but size is easily customizable.

I am honoured to be in very good company; there are a lot of beautiful designs by many talented designers in this issue of I Like Knitting.  

Are you a subscriber to  I Like Knitting? What other knitting magazines do you like to read or find inspiration from?

New Pattern!!

My new sock design, Solar Vortex has been released.  It is on Sale in my Ravelry store until Midnight Tonight for 30% off - no coupon code required.  You can find it here.

They are knit from the cuff down, but the pattern is reversible so if you are a toe-up knitter, that will work too.  The heel is added after the sock is finished so that the spiral pattern is not interrupted.  It is a simple 9 stitch repeat and is a quick, meditative knit.  If you knit it, please send me some pics,  I would love to see your finished project.

New Pattern

It feels like ages since I have released a new pattern.

"Gitter" is the German word for "grid" or "lattice".  This reverse stockinette stitch lattice design on a sockinette background is a simple 10-row, 10-stitch repeat that makes for a quick, fun knit.


Gitter is knit from the cuff down with an Eye of Partridge heel and Kitchener Stitched toe. The Gitter stitch pattern is identical whether it is right-side-up or upside-down so it is easily adaptable to being knit toe-up.


The sample is knit in medium width (8 1/2 inches/ 21 1/2 centimetre).  Pattern instructions are also included for narrow (7 1/2 inch/ 19 centimetre) and wide (10 inch/ 25 centimetre) widths. Foot length is totally customizable.

You will need approximately 400 yards/ 365 metres of fingering weight yarn (sample is knit using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in 'icehouse'), size 2.25mm/ US size 1 needles (or size needed to obtain gauge), 2 stitch markers and a tapestry needle.

Skills required for this pattern are knit, purl, decreases, Kitchener stitch and working in the round.

Gitter is 50% off until Midnight EST on July 1st, 2015.  You can buy it on Ravelry.  You can also download a pattern preview.




Coming Soon, Sweater Progress and some Knitting Nostalgia

I have decided to publish Gitter:


Lots of knitters have asked me for the pattern, so I have written it, graded it for multiple sizes and it is currently with the tech editor.  It should be ready to go next week.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I have made progress on my Cecily Twinset:
I have separated for the sleeves, the bust darts are done and I am a few more rows away from the first lace section - Yay! This is the first pattern I have made by designer Snowden Becker and I must say it is wonderfully written.  Easy to follow directions, and lots of instructions to customize the fit.  For example, how to add more or fewer bust darts depending on your bust size, how to make the sweater narrower or fuller in the mid-section.  I love when designers acknowledge and accommodate for the fact that the majority of us do not fit neatly into a standardized sizing chart.  That's the whole point of knitting our own garments, right? Customization.

Also these little scrap blanket squares are totally addictive and seem to multiply like bunnies:
Knitting these little squares is like pulling out an old photo album - I reach into the bag, pull out a ball of leftover sockyarn and reminisce about the project I once knit with that yarn: where it is now, who I gave it to,  how much I enjoyed (or not) making it, where I got the yarn, who dyed it...it's all very nostalgic.

All Fingering Weight, All The Time

I finished another thing!

This pattern is 'Equinox' by me.  It was the March 2015 sock pattern for the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Rockin' sock club.  Please note that this pair is not knit in the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock colourway for that month.   That colourway and this pattern are available only to subscribers for one year.  But I can tell you that the March 2015 yarn is beautiful, scrumptious and absolutely luxurious.  I loved working with it.  I can't show it to you but several subscribers have posted photos on Ravelry.  I will make this pattern available after the rights to it revert back to me.

I cast on my next pair.  I am trying some cotton sock yarn to shake things up a bit.
This pair is for the Husbeast.  He hinted that he would like some cotton socks to wear to work in the warm months.  He likes to wear funky, loud socks under his conservative, investment banker uniform.  The yarn is Patons Stretch Socks in 'Fruit Slices'; colourful yet muted at the same time.  I like them.  I am doing a simple 3X2 ribbing down the leg, a heel flap, then will continue the ribbing on the top of the foot and finish with a rounded Kitchener stitched toe.  Hopefully they will be a quick knit and he will actually get to wear them soon.

Also, this week this happened:
Cute little squares for my scrap sock yarn blanket.  These seem to be very popular right now and apparently I am easily influenced.  I get the attraction to this project though: each square takes about 20 minutes so it totally indulges my desire for instant gratification.  Also each one is different so there is a low boredom factor.  They are straight garter stitch so they make for awesome mindless knitting.  My squares are just under 2 inches long on each side.  I know that there is this super-adorable mini-skein trend going on right now, but I have boxes of scrap sock yarn from all the socks that I have knit so this will likely be a true scrap blanket.  Except for the border.  I have decided to not join my squares as I go, instead I think I will order a few skeins of bare (un-dyed) sock yarn and crochet the squares together with about a 1/2 inch border in between squares and then crochet a border around the perimeter.  That's my plan right now.  It may change.  It will probably change.  We'll have to see how it plays out.

I am still plugging away slowly on my Cecily Twinset.  Fingering weight sweaters are slow moving projects.  I am almost ready to separate the sleeves - about 4 more rows I think.  Each row is over 300 stitches now so four rows is a time commitment.  I will post pics after I have separated for the sleeves.  

I just realized all the projects that I have on the needles right now use fingering weight yarn. This is why I have so much time between finished projects.  I would finish more projects if I gravitated toward bulky weight yarns, or even worsted...

Off The Needles!

I finished the shawl.  I absolutely love it.  I know I did not feel this affectionately toward it during my last couple of posts, but it is gorgeous and I am proud of it.  I wish I could show it to you in all of it's awesomeness, but I can't (pesky contracts!) but here is a little taste:

It feels like I have gone weeks without an FO and this weekend I finished two projects!  I also finished the Husbeast's new socks:

I call this pattern, Gitter.  Gitter is the German and Dutch word for lattice.   The Lattice pattern does not photograph as well as it appears in real life.  It really pops off the sock.  This yarn is gorgeous.  It is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in IceHouse.  

These socks have a garter stitch lattice design on the front and back of the leg as well as the top of the foot.  It also features an eye of partridge heel flap (because I love the look of those) and a Kitchener Stitch toe.

I have not decided yet if I will write up this pattern, have it edited and add it to my Ravelry Pattern store.  I will decide over the next few days.

Now that these two projects are off my needles, I am plugging away on a new pair of cotton socks for the Husbeast, one second sock for me that I have been meaning to get done since January and my Cecily Twinset.  

I might cast-on a Hitchhiker Shawl...stay tuned...

In a Rut

This is what 480 rows looks like after it has been frogged. 

I am in a bit of a knitting rut right now.  I have been working on a design for which the rights have been purchased by a publisher.  Because the rights have been purchased, I cannot show any good photos of it.  But I have a few not-so-good-photos. 

When I initially conceived of and submitted the idea, I loved it and was super excited to make the swatch and schematic I created into a full-sized FO.  

But when I started working on it, nothing went right: the lace pattern was not *exactly* how I envisioned it (8 tries later the lace is ace!), then the proportion of the garment was off (think I have finally fixed that now), and now one of the edges is curling in a way that kind of makes my eye twitch but I keep whispering to myself, 'it will work itself out when I block it' (which is one of the many knitting-related lies I tell myself).  If it does not block out, I will cry, drink wine and add an applied edging. Failing that the curling edge will be declared a "design element" and I will get on with my life and other knitting projects. 
This is an early attempt at the lace design I was working on.  

This is the final version in progress. 

This yarn has been frogged so many times it is starting to look weird. I am now convinced this project is cursed and I am not allowing myself to knit on anything else until it is off my needles and blocking. So I have made no progress in any other projects this week.  At all.  I am almost halfway through this thing and if I can stay focused and disciplined I can be done by this time next week.  I just have to stop distracting myself with housework, cooking and buying Filofaxes.  Yes, it's gotten so painful that I have allowed myself to be distracted by cooking and cleaning. This is the cleanest my house has been since we moved in. My new Filofax hasn't arrived yet, but I am hoping to finish this project before it shows up so it will feel like a reward when it gets here. Also I have made up a drinking game where I get to have a drink after a certain number of repeats.  The struggle to finish this is real.  

Lost My Knitting Mojo

It was scary this past week.  I lost my knitting mojo.  I went several days in a row without even picking up my needles.  Worst of all I was that I was indifferent to my lack of interest. 

I was living my life, busy as usual, and the times that I would normally pick up a project and knit, relax and recoup my sanity, I didn't.  I mono-tasked (the only phrase I can think of to mean the opposite of multi-task).  I only watched TV, I only read a book, I only spoke on the phone.  I just did one thing at a time.  I never do that.  I am a busy bee.  Always multi-tasking.  On the upside, it gave my wrist a nice rest and as a result my wrist-health is better than it has been in years.

My mojo is back (Yay!!) so I haven't bothered to delve too deeply into the reason(s) that my mojo may have disappeared, but I suspect it is because I was not excited about anything that I had on the needles. 

I had been plugging away on my Tea with Jam and Bread, but now that I am on the last sleeve and it looks like I won't get a chance to wear it before the cold weather disappears, I have lost my enthusiasm for it.  I still love it, just not as urgently as I loved it 2 weeks ago. 


Here is a pic of my almost-finished sweater:

 Since this photo was taken, I have finished the right sleeve and have started the left. 

I was also working on a pair of socks, but the pattern did not suit the yarn, so I frogged them and started over with  an improvised lattice design:

I am still not in love with them, but this incarnation is better than the last.  I think I love this yarn so much (Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in 'Icehouse') that there may not be a pattern worthy of this yarn.  The more I knit it though, the more this lattice pattern is growing on me. 
 
I was also working on a shawl that I had mixed feelings about.  I loved the lace portion (it took me 8 tires to get this lace pattern to a place where I love it) but I am second guessing the shape and construction of the rest of the shawl.  It will be ripped out tonight.  Here is a picture of it before I frog it:
 

 
 



It's not a great picture - does not do the lace justice and it is not blocked.  I have a vision in my head though and the finished shawl will be amazing.  The yarn is MadelineTosh, ToshSock in 'Cedar'.
 
I hope to have a finished project in the next week.  Then I can cast on something else.  I limit myself to 3 WIPs so I need to finish one of these to start something new.  I am thinking of casting on Twister .  I have some lots of discontinued Mission Falls Cotton in a lovely sage green that I think would be an awesome Twister. 

New Pattern - Lazy Daisy

Lazy Daisy is here!



Celebrate Spring or brighten up a dreary, dull day with bright happy socks covered in daisies. This fun, whimsical design is knit from the cuff down with an Eye of Partridge heel and grafted toe.


These socks are as much fun to knit as they are to wear.  Bits of scrap yarn/ embroidery floss are used to embroider the daisies and the easy stitch pattern makes this sock an ideal on-the-go project.  A photo tutorial for the daisy embroidery is included with the pattern and also here.

Also, those are my new mannequin feet in the photos.  I LOVE THEM. Best purchase ever.

Here are a few more photos of Lazy Daisy:


Oh, and Lazy Daisy is 40% off on Ravelry until Midnight (EST) March 17th, 2015.  I can't wait to see other people's Lazy Daisy Socks.

How To Embroider Lazy Daisies - A Photo Tutorial

My sock pattern, Lazy Daisy uses (really easy) chain stitch embroidery to add the daisies to the socks after they have been knit.




















Chain stitch embroidery is easy, quick, and a handy skill to have in your arsenal.  I have used it to embroider numbers on our advent calendar (24 miniature stockings), and names on knitted items.

This is a close up of a finished daisy:



















These fun little Daisies are a great way to use up otherwise-useless bits of scrap yarn or embroidery floss.  I used leftover sockyarn from socks gone-by.  I would use yarn the same weight or lighter than the yarn you used to create the fabric you are embroidering.  It may work with heavier yarn, but I have not tried it so I don't know for sure.  If you try to embroider in a heavier yarn weight, I would love to hear how it works out.

Here is what you will need to make lazy daisies:

  • scrap yarn
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle








Step one: Thread your tapestry needle with about 2 feet/ 60 centimetres of scrap yarn.   Bring the yarn up through the wrong side of the fabric where you would like the centre of your daisy to be.  Like this:















Step two: Bring your needle back down into the fabric as close as possible to where you brought it out and bring it out again where you want the outer edge of your first daisy petal to go.  Like this:












Step three: wrap the working yarn/embroidery floss around and under the tip of your needle to form a loop.  Like this:












Step four: pull your needle and yarn through the loop - not too tight or you will close the petal.  Like this: 












Step five: bring your needle through to the wrong side of your fabric on the outside of, but as close as possible to the outer edge of the petal.  This will create a little loop that will anchor the petal in place. Like this:   



















Step six: bring your needle up from the wrong side of your fabric as close to the centre of your daisy as possible and repeat these steps for the next petal












After the daisy is complete I tie both ends into a knot on the wrong side.  Not the most glamourous finishing technique I could use, but who will be looking inside my socks?  My daisies had 5 or 6 petals, but you can use as many or as few  petals as you want.  Embroidered daisies are as close to gardening as I ever get.  If you have any questions, please contact me either by leaving a comment on this tutorial or by email at DanaGervaisDesigns at Bell dot net.  

Coming Soon!!

My newest pattern, Lazy Daisy, is almost ready for release.  It is with the tech editor right now and I still need to clean up the photos for the pattern page - I am excited about this photoshoot because I will get to use the new mannequin feet I bought!  A weird thing to get excited about, I know.



I apologize for the photo quality, this is an iphone photo. 

These socks are freaking adorable!  They have little daisies embroidered all over them.  The daisy embroidery is really easy and I will be posting a phototutorial on my website when the pattern is released.  I have already created a 'Phototutorial' page in preparation for it.  

The yarn is by my friend, Anna, over at Mythic Yarn.  It is her 'Leprechaun Barf' colourway and it screams "SPRING!!!"

Funny little story about the name of this pattern; it was originally called "Daisy Chain" until my husband looked over my shoulder while I was working on the written pattern and enlightened me as to the 'urban dictionary' meaning of the term daisy chain.  I am, apparently, more naive than I thought.  





New Pattern

I have just released Pembry.  This pattern has been ready to be released for a while, except for the photos.  We have had some really frigid temperatures here lately and it has been difficult to be outside long enough to take any meaningful photos.  A big Thank You to my lovely model who braved -15 degree temps so I could get a few good shots of this cowl/wrap/hood.
Designed to be worn either dressed up or dressed down, Pembry is versatile, light, airy and has an elegant drape.  It uses less than one skein of fingering weight yarn and is knit on 5.00mm(US size 8) needles.

 I think it would look equally great over the shoulders with a strappy black dress, or a tank top with jeans.  Dropped stitches combined with the large needles create the airy fabric and elegant drape.

Pembry is reversible (though I personally prefer the reverse stockinette side) and would be a great beginner knit.  If you are not a beginner, it is pretty mindless (no purl stitches) and is a great way to use up that single skein of yarn in your stash.

Coming Soon

I have been working on a cowl/wrap/hood pattern.  It is called Pembry and it is currently with the tech editor being fine tuned. 

These are progress photos taken in my iPhone.  They were taken before blocking and before the ends were woven in. The finished project will look more polished ;)

It is knit in the round, it is reversible (I like the reverse stockinette side best) and uses dropped stitches.  
Pembry uses fingering weight yarn (less than a 100gram skein) and is knit on 5.00 mm needles to create a loose, airy fabric that drapes elegantly. 

I designed it because I wanted something that could go over my shoulders with a black sleeveless dress, but I think it would be great with jeans and a tank top so I might style it that way for the pattern photos. 
There I am wearing it hood-style with no make-up on. 

The yarn is KnitPicks Gloss Fingering in 'Velveteen'

I expect to release it next week. 

New Pattern

Just in the nick of  time for Valentines Day, I bring you Heart&Sole :


Knit from the cuff-down, Heart & Sole uses slipped stitches to create heart motifs so there is no stranded knitting.  Stranded knitting is my weak spot as a knitter.  I have severe stranded knitting tension issues and not enough patience to work them out.  One day.  One day I will conquer stranded knitting, but today is not that day!

Heart & Sole uses an afterthought heel so the striping pattern is not interrupted to work the heel.
I used KnitPicks Stroll Brights in Pucker and Vibrant Violet.   This is neon yarn, people - you may need sunglasses to knit with it.  Also, it is extremely challenging to photograph.

Ideally, I would have made this pattern available sooner than 2 weeks before Valentine's day, but the idea did not come to me until January and the recent blizzard in the North-eastern US made my tech editor unavailable for a few days - hopefully any future holiday-themed-ideas I get will have better timing.

Heart&Sole is 50% off until Midnight (EST) Thursday February 5th - no coupon code required. You can buy it on Ravelry (Ravelry is my favourite on-line pattern marketplace because the pattern stays in your library forever and you can always re-download it if you lose it) or from my Designs page.  It will also be available in my Craftsy and Etsy stores later today.

I can't wait to see all the finished Heart&Sole projects!

#WearYourKnitting

Apparently there is a movement afoot to encourage knitters/crocheters/fibre artists to show off all their handmade lovelies by snapping a selfie of themselves wearing handmade goodies and then posting the selfies to social media with the hashtag #WearYourKnitting.

I happen to do this all the time without the hashtag.  I will be adding the hashtag going forward.

Here are a few recent knitting selfies I have posted to Instagram and Twitter:


Wearing my "Wisp" cowl from Knitty Magazine (Yarn by MythicYarn)


Wearing my 'Striped Study Shawl' by Veera Valmaki (Yarn is KnitPicks Stroll Tonal in Springtime and Kindling)


Wearing a bulky, Alpaca, dropped stitch cowl (one of the designs that will be featured in an upcoming book - Yay)

I also post a lot of handmade sock selfies. My Instagram feed is basically yarn and knitting porn and my Twitter Feed is mostly the random thoughts that pop into my head with a spattering of knitting and yarn porn. 

I hope I see more fibre enthusiasts using the #WearYourKnitting Hashtag. 


Coming Soon

With Christmas and New Year celebrations behind us, my thoughts have turned to love - and by love I mean socks with hearts on them!

I have cast on 3 times for these socks.  I had envisioned a very different, larger heart motif, but it did not translate from my head to the needles very well, which is often the case so I have learned to integrate these false starts into the knitting process.  I try to accept them for what they are and not take it personally or punish the project by putting it in time out.

This is very bright yarn. It is the 'Brights' series of yarns by KnitPicks Stroll.  I love KnitPicks yarns, the colours and quality are excellent and shipping is quick and reasonable.  Shipping is a big consideration for me since shipping to Canada tends to be an expensive and sometimes lengthy process.  KnitPicks did not compensate me in anyway to say nice things, this is my honest, unsolicited opinion.

These socks are super quick to knit because the colourwork is done using mosaic knitting instead of stranded knitting.  That's right, no stranded knitting.  Mosaic knitting uses slipped stitches to achieve colourwork patterns - so you only work one colour at a time.  One colour per row = fast project.  I am thinking of writing up this design, but have not made up my mind for sure.  This design would also make adorable mittens or a hat.

I am using an afterthought heel on this sock.  You can see the scrap yarn in the photo that is currently in place of where the heel will go.  I am usually a heel flap and gusset kind of girl, but I think the afterthought heel will be more aesthetically pleasing in this case.  Still trying to decide if I want to add any hearts to the top of the foot.  That might be heart overkill.  The hearts go all the way around the leg of the sock.

Here is a picture of the front of the leg.  Hearts everywhere.

I might have to make a second pair of these; now my Husbeast wants a pair.  He loves loud socks.  He is an uber-conservative investment banking type but under his conservative dark suit, if you look down toward his feet he wears the funkiest socks he can find - which is probably why we get along so well; I fill his need for awesome-funky socks and he fills my need for someone who will wear my awesome-funky socks.

I have not decided on a name for these socks yet.  If you have any ideas let me know.  If I use your suggestion for a name, I will gift you a copy of the pattern.

New Pattern!

Regina has been released into the world! It is on sale 50% off until Midnight (EST) Friday January 9th, 2015 - no coupon code required.   Follow the above link or the link on my Designs page.

Regina is a very versatile piece born from my need for something adaptable and occasionally dramatic to wear with my favourite red trench coat.

Sometimes one wants to  make a dramatic entrance, no?

I love garter stripes, and an easy, mindless knit so I turned them up a notch by knitting them on the bias and using a Fibonacci-inspired stripe pattern.

The easy garter stitch pattern makes this ideal TV knitting, so I knit most of this wrap while watching TV with my daughter.  Her favourite show is "Once Upon a Time" and one of the main characters, Regina, inspired the name for this wrap; she is strong, dramatic and looks ravishing in red.

This wrap would be amazing in so many different colour combinations.  I am thinking of making myself another one in two neutrals (maybe a chocolate and a cream or a black and grey).  I can't wait to see what other knitters come up with!

This wrap is a yarn-eater though (I actually considered calling it "Yarn Eater") you will need 2 full 100gram skeins of each colour in fingering weight yarn.  Although, it would be great in a sport/DK/aran weight as well.

It's sooo versatile - here are lots of pictures to prove it!




I hope if you make it you will share photos of it - I would love to see them.